Motifs In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte tells of the story between two lovers and their families. It is a story full of love, passion, and hate. The book is mainly narrated by Nelly, who is telling Mr. Lockwood about now things came to be. Throughout Bronte’s book, the comings and goings motif reveals the theme: Don’t leave the happiness you already have. Firstly, when Catherine leaves to go to the Linton’s house, she left her place beside Heathcliff and suffered because of it. She realized that her “misery arose from the separation” that became of years ago “between [her] and Heathcliff.” Consequently, she became “the wife of a stranger: an exile, and outcast, thenceforth, from what had been [her] world.” (Bronte, 92) Her choice to marry Edgar took her away from her home and love in Wuthering Heights to Thrushcross Grange, a place that cannot make her…show more content…
Unfortunately, her choice proves virulent because her life with him causes her suffering and abuse. Heathcliff speaks of his wife with full disgust. Isabella trusts him, but it turns out that he only causes her grief and pain. Lastly, Catherine Linton lived a happy life with many loved ones around her, but when she left she went in to an awful environment. At Thrushcross Grange, Cathy’s family always addressed her as “love” or “miss,” but after she marries Linton and moves to Wuthering Heights, she lives with exclamations from Joseph that she would “goa raight to the t’devil” (10) and from Heathcliff that “[she is] an insolent slut” (234) and “a damnable witch.” (234) Catherine went from being the apple of everyone’s eye to having such hatred cast upon her. In leaving her
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